Paris Shops

Walk #1: To the famed Colette, 213, Rue St Honoré, 1er, Paris. It is more of a concept store than an easy place to shop. It's small, most of the clothes are on mannequins, not racks, and price tags are nowhere to be found. It's still worth a trip for general trend spotting. The cafe downstairs seems to be a super cool lunch spot.

the low-key entrance of Colette
Stealth photo of the interior of Colette, second floor. The fur and feather collars are Prada. These seem like a practical solution to the feather trend. How do you clean clothes with a feather trim? Better to get a detachable collar.
the windows at Chanel, 31, Rue Cambon, 1er, Paris.

Walk #2: Down Rue de Grenelle, 6eme, Paris, on the way home from L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The shops were closed, but it was still light outside at 9pm.

a temple to shoes
the goods
Window decoration in Paris shops is truly an art form. Below, the "coup de foudre" windows at Moschino.
Sergio Rossi
patent leather shoes by Charles Kammer
the windows at Catherine Malandrino

satin shoes at Prada

the windows at John Galliano
Michael Perry. They're into American rock and roll culture here.

Walk #3: Up Rue de Médicis, past Place de l'Odeon, and west on Rue Saint Sulpice, in Saint Germain, 6eme, Paris.

A cute home and garden store, Le Jardin d'Olaria. 5, rue Medicis, 6eme, Paris.

Excellent souvenirs were found in the form of prints from J.C. Martinez, 21, Rue Saint-Sulpice, 6eme, Paris

Much shopping damage was done at Vanessa Bruno. The last Wednesday of June marks the beginning of a weeks-long, city-wide sale. Many of the pieces here were 40 or 50 percent off.
stealth photo of the interior of YSL, 6eme
I am long on these black patent bags from YSL. The form is very ladylike and Kelly bag-esque; several were on display at Colette.
fabulous cakes at Pierre Hermé, 72, rue Bonaparte, 6eme, Paris.
Most of the customers in this busy shop were waiting for Pierre Hermé's famous macarons. The ones at top left are an intriguing but delicious mix of apricot and pistachio.
The amount of artistry that goes into pastry here is insane.
Fifty-percent-off sale at Agnes B.
A wedding dress almost as pretty and frothy as the pastries at Pierre Hermé. The design is more interesting than our American counterparts.